Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements – Oh My!

We all know that it is important to take vitamins and supplements in order to maintain a healthy body. But when you go to the vitamin isle there are so many choices, you sometimes get lost and confused as to which vitamin or supplement we should be taking. To make life easier, many of us will opt for a multi-vitamin, but are you really getting what you need from a multi-vitamin, or are you getting more than you need?

The best way to get the vitamins and minerals we need for our bodies should be through our diet. Vitamins should only be used when we cannot get the necessary amounts through our diets. Therefore it is important for us to eat a varied and diverse diet that will give us the nutrients we need. Getting nutrients from food is better than through vitamins and supplements because as advanced as science is, it still doesn’t know how the nutrients in food gets absorbed more efficiently by our bodies than when we take a pill. Those who want to, or prefer to take a vitamin or supplement, should opt for “whole food supplements” as the nutrients will be absorbed by you bodies more effectively, as if you were actually eating the nutrient rich food.

There are also certain vitamins that we should all be taking. For instance, we should make sure we’re taking vitamin C, and Vitamin D3. Whether you prefer taking your vitamin C through your glass of orange juice in the morning or a chewable vitamin C tablet that tastes like oranges, it doesn’t matter. Vitamin C is water soluble, so you cannot overdose on it, as the excess will the flushed out of your bodies.

Vitamin D3 is important, especially during the winter months. Many people don’t realize that there was a double blind, three year study that showed that those who didn’t take vitamin D3 during the winter months 20-40% of them developed colds and flus. Those who took the vitamin D3, 0-1% developed colds and flus. Those statistics are extremely impressive for the medical industry. Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin, so take it with food to make sure your body absorbs it better.

Women should also take calcium supplements to help prevent osteoporosis. There are many different types of calcium available for purchase, including calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, and coral calcium. Calcium carbonate is the most common form of calcium available and the least expensive. If you take calcium carbonate, you must take it with food, as it depends on stomach acid to be absorbed into our bodies. Calcium citrate is absorbed similarly to calcium carbonate, but less stomach acid is needed for it to be effectively utilized, therefore you don’t have to take it with food. Coral calcium is a calcium salt, which contains more elemental calcium, which is the calcium that our bodies actually absorb and use in our bodies.

So the next time you’re in the vitamin aisle take a look at what you’re buying. Be an informed buyer, so you can take better care of your body.

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